Pasco announces bus Route 41 service changes

Pasco County Public Transportation has changed services on Route 41 in Land O’ Lakes. The changes, which took effect on Jan. 6, are based on ridership, according to a news release. Here are the changes, in a nutshell: An hourly service is being added to the Central Boulevard/Pasco Utilities complex. Service is ending along Collier Parkway and along the State Road 54 corridor to … [Read more...]

Encompass Health plans move to Land O’ Lakes

Encompass Health Corporation has announced plans to bring 179 jobs to Central Pasco. The company, based in Birmingham, plans to build a 37,000-square-foot facility on about 6 acres in the Bexley Community, off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. It plans to locate its Central Business Office there, to provide medical billing and collection services to the company’s hospitals in 25 states and … [Read more...]

Sunlake student wins ‘Outstanding Senior’ honor

Whether its focusing on rigorous academics or taking part in extracurriculars and church activities, Sunlake High’s Alexis Paredes enjoys being busy. Actually, “having so much to do” is how the 17-year-old senior thrives best. “I like to keep moving. I know if I don’t, I’ll get bored,” she said. It’s that self-starter mindset that earned Paredes the Pasco County School District’s … [Read more...]

New donation drive set to help foster families

George Agovino and Josh Gaulden have launched a new initiative aimed at helping foster children. The pair has established the Fostering Change Foster Closet, in what was formerly a vacant house, at 10207 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The 501 (c)(3) nonprofit is a hub for foster families to pick out free necessities that they otherwise could not afford. It also will serve … [Read more...]

Plantation Palms celebrates North Canal project completion

Plantation Palms had a ribbon cutting last week to celebrate the completion of a project to address an erosion problem in the community. The $2.99 million project — approximately 1,700 feet long — involved stabilizing the community’s North Canal. The work included installing Gabion baskets along the ditch sides, and a rip-rap lining the bottom, according to a Pasco County document. The … [Read more...]

Partying in pjs at the rec center

The Polar Express Pajama Party aims to make the season merrier for children — through a free daytime event that includes games, crafts and refreshments. Children, ages 10 and younger, are encouraged to wear their pjs to the Dec. 14 party, set for 10 a.m. to noon, at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. And, despite its reference to the Polar Express, … [Read more...]

Pasco spends $22 million on environmental lands

The Pasco County Commission has unanimously approved a $22 million purchase to secure ecological corridor sites and land for a future park in Central Pasco. The purchase is the largest in the history of the county’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP) — which began in 2005, said Keith Wiley, the county’s director of parks, recreation and natural resources. It took … [Read more...]

Planning Commission recommends against rezoning

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended denial of a request that would allow a small subdivision off of Bell Lake Road, in Land O’ Lakes. The rezoning application, filed by Michael David Vincent, sought to change the allowable density of development on about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The site is about 1 mile east of … [Read more...]

Offices planned on State Road 54, near Ballantrae

Plans are in the works for an office development on 12.8 acres on the north side of State Road 54, about three-tenths of a mile from Ballantrae Boulevard. The Pasco County Commission has sent a request, from Colwell Avenue Properties IV, of Lutz,  for a proposed land use change to state agencies for review. The land use change must occur first, before a request for a rezoning on the property … [Read more...]

Library helps people who want jobs, or to volunteer

The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library recently was a hub — for those seeking opportunities for paying jobs, or to volunteer. In fact, the library has a series of events this month, which is set aside as Career Development Month, focused on helping people find work. On Nov. 7, a  CareerSource Pasco-Hernando bus was parked outside the library, located at 2818 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. … [Read more...]